Security Investigator III

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Job ID: 11573

New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.

Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.


JPL pioneered the Space Age by building dynamic spacecraft and robotic missions to study all planets in the solar system. Today, JPL continues its world-leading innovation through planetary exploration and Earth science while applying its capabilities to scientific problems of national significance. Join our team as we continue the journey into a new age of space exploration.


On this team, you will protect the people, facilities, and information that make such groundbreaking missions possible. You will conduct comprehensive and highly confidential investigations of alleged violations of security and ethical matters, to include criminal and counterintelligence inquiries, as well as respond to threats or incidents of potential workplace violence. You will:

  • Work under the mentorship of an Investigations Group Supervisor
  • Conduct interviews and interrogations, and collect and examine all available information and evidence related to an incident or event
  • Exercise discretion and independent discernment in evaluating potential solutions to investigative problems
  • Write detailed investigative reports for Protective Services Division management
  • Initiate interaction with JPL’s Cybersecurity group, and other lab partners to include Human Resources, Ethics, and the Office of General Counsel
  • Apply advanced knowledge of JPL and NASA security policies, and government regulation
  • This position is a “safety sensitive” position.  The selected candidate will be required to complete the NASA Federal Law Enforcement Training Course, and will be subject to random drug screenings.


  • Significant Law Enforcement experience
  • Ability to pass quarterly firearms qualifications
  • Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree with five years of related experience
  • Successful experience conducting confidential investigations of security, ethics, and personnel policy violations
  • Validated experience in National Crime Information Center adjudications on individuals for administrative and investigative purposes
  • Must be a US Citizen and eligible to obtain a Secret level security clearance

Preferred qualifications

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to develop and present recommendations outlining actions to mitigate identified security risks
  • Lead multidisciplinary team for projects, activities, or functions within the scope of assigned responsibilities
  • Ability to develop customer loyalty, trust, and reciprocal partnerships with both internal and external customers and business colleagues
  • Proven knowledge of laboratory procedures, NASA policies, and government regulations across a wide range of applications

As a member of the Investigations Group in the Protective Services Division, you will experience challenges every single day with both traditional and non-traditional security issues. The work is diverse and requires maturity and diplomatic communication skills. Our team is a front facing group that puts a premium on cultivating collaborative relationships with on-lab business partners and governmental agencies. If this type of working environment interests you, please apply.

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